PERES DOES NOT WANT ISRAEL
TO CRITICIZE "PEACE PARTNER" ARAFAT
Aaron Lerner, 1 April 2001
Israel Radio reported this afternoon that Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said that the Israeli information system should not launch a personal attack against Yasser Arafat and the leadership of the Palestinian Authority.
Peres said at a meeting of the Foreign Ministry "Information Forum" today that the Authority leadership is the elected body of the Palestinian People and future negotiating partner for Israel and thus should receive treatment that reflects that. This position was opposed at the meeting by the director of the Foreign Ministry.
Prime Minister Sharon also holds the position that material against Arafat and the rest of the PA leadership should be included in the information campaign. [Editor's Note: The Freeman Center agrees with Sharon on this.]